The Merchant & Mills shop in Rye is a must-visit for a Selvedge reader. Many of you will know the smartly packaged sewing notions - scissors, pins, and measures - purveyed by Merchant & Mills, as well as their dress patterns that come in classic styles that are both makeable and wearable. Their bricks-and-mortar shop brings together everything you can find on their website, from their books to buttons, patterns and fabrics, all under one roof.
After camping out in a pop-up shop while expanding their premises, Carolyn Denham, proprietress of Merchant & Mills, tells about her ambitions now that they are settled in their new, larger space. The bigger permanent shop is exciting; it means more of everything that makes textile hearts glad. Carolyn is determined to create an immersive Merchant & Mills experience, something that rewards the tireless visitors who have come to Rye especially to visit them.
The industrial feel of the warehouse the shop lives in suits their wares admirably. Carolyn puts her training as a fashion and textile designer to work in sourcing stock and travels far and wide to find the best things to sell; be they wools from British mills or block prints from India. Merchant & Mills notions are also carefully sourced to offer customers the very best. Tape measures from Germany, pins from Spain and France, scissors from Sheffield. Carolyn sources on William Morris’ sound principle, to be useful or beautiful. As with her choice of fabrics, these are classic items with longevity and style.
Extract from the Geometric issue. Words by Jane Audas.
We are offering two spaces on the ‘Make a Jack Tar’ workshop to Selvedge readers, held in the Merchant & Mills shop. The Jack Tar is a copious bucket bag with space for an almost infinite amount of stuff. You will be making up your Jack Tar in our traditional British oilskin, with cotton canvas lining, and leather strap and metal hardware. All materials are included, as is a plentiful lunch.